Accam vs. Montreal Preseason

FACT CHECK: Union kick off 2018 campaign on March 3

Beginning of the 2018 Season Talking Points

  • Philadelphia Union set a franchise record in 2017 with 10 home wins.
  • Philadelphia recorded 33 points at home in 2017, the most in club history.
  • Philadelphia recorded 36 goals at Talen Energy Stadium in 2017, setting a new club record for home goals scored in a season.
  • When scoring three or more goals last season, the Union owned a record of 7-0-1.
  • Philadelphia owned a perfect record in 2017 when allowing one goal or less at home in 2017, with a record of 10-0-0.
  • 2017 was the first time in club history, the Union had recorded double-digit wins at home in a season.
  • The Union obliterated the previous franchise record for assists recorded in a season at home with 39 in 2017. The previous high was 32.
  • Jim Curtin is the first Head Coach in Union history to record double-digit wins in three consecutive seasons.
  • Curtin earned a record of 10-4-3 at home in 2017, with a winning percentage of .676. 
  • That home win total is the most by any coach in club history and his home winning percentage is tied for the highest in club history for a season.
  • Curtin is the only coach in Union history to record double-digit home wins in a season.
  • Under Curtin, the Union owned a record of 10-2-4 when scoring the first goal of a match in 2017.
  • At Talen Energy Stadium under Curtin, the Union own a record of 27-6-9 when scoring the first goal of the match since he took over as Head Coach.
  • Curtin has won 30 matches at Talen Energy Stadium as the Head Coach of the Union, more than doubling the previous home win total by the previous leader.
  • Philadelphia Union will have five Homegrown players on their roster to start the 2018 season. This is the most Homegrown players the Union have had on their First Team roster to start a season in club history (Derrick Jones, Auston Trusty, Anthony Fontana, Matt Real, Mark McKenzie).
  • Philadelphia Union this offseason acquired midfielder David Accam from the Chicago Fire in exchange for a total of $1.2 million in allocation money. 
  • Accam joins the Union following three seasons with the Fire, over which he scored 33 goals and added 15 assists. He scored at least nine goals in each of his three campaigns with Chicago. 
  • Since joining MLS in 2015, Accam is one of just six MLS players to total at least 33 goals and 15 assists in league play. He is joined in that club by the last three MLS Landon Donovan MVP Award winners.
  • Accam has been one of the best attackers in Major League Soccer since joining the league. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, his 33 total goals ranks 13th among all players, one ahead of new teammate CJ Sapong. 
  • Accam has completed 198 dribbles over that span, second-most in MLS (trailing only Ignacio Piatti, 204), and his 16 shots from fast breaks also ranks second (behind only Fanendo Adi, 17).
  • CJ Sapong recorded 16 goals in 2017 for Philadelphia, setting a new franchise record for goals scored in a season.
  • 13 of Sapong’s 16 goals in 2017 came at Talen Energy Stadium, the most ever recorded at home by a Union player.
  • Sapong’s 16 goals last season shattered a career high. Sapong’s previous career-high for goals scored in a season was nine.
  • Sapong recorded five assists in 2017, tying a career high.
  • Sapong broke a franchise record and set a new career high in fouls suffered with 87 last year.
  • Haris Medunjanin recorded 12 assists in 2017, the most ever in a season for a Union player in his first season with the club.
  • Medunjanin’s 12 assists are tied for second most in a single-season by a Union player in club history.
  • Medunjanin recorded nine assists at Talen Energy Stadium last year, the second most in franchise history for a single season. 
  • Medunjanin recorded 137 corner kicks for Philadelphia in 2017, setting a new club record. 
  • Medunjanin played 3,057 minutes in 2017; the most by any Union newcomer in club history (rookies have their own category, different than “newcomer”).
  • Medunjanin’s 3,057 minutes played was the third most by a Union outfield player in club history (fourth overall; Zac MacMath played every minute in 2013). Medunjanin was three minutes shy of playing every minute in 2017.
  • Alejandro Bedoya recorded two goals and four assists in his first full season in MLS. When Bedoya recorded a goal or an assist, the Union had a record of 4-1-1 in 2017.
  • Philadelphia Union owned a record of 9-3-3 at Talen Energy Stadium when Alejandro Bedoya and Haris Medunjanin were paired together in the midfield during the 2017 campaign.
  • The Union were an impressive 9-2-3 in 2017 when Medunjanin and Bedoya recorded a goal or an assist in a match in all MLS competitions.
  • Bedoya and Haris were responsible for 35 percent of the Union’s assist total from last season. 
  • The combination of Bedoya and Medunjanin was responsible for 21 percent of the club’s total scoring last season. 
  • Philadelphia’s Captain Armband was worn by only Meduanjanin and Bedoya during 2017 (with the exception of the final 45 minutes of the last match of the year when Brian Carroll wore it in his final MLS match of his career).
  • Andre Blake set a new career low in goals against average in 2017, recording a 1.31 GAA.
  • Blake’s 1.31 GAA is the third lowest in club history (Min. 25 starts).
  • Blake recorded a career-best nine shutouts last season. His nine shutouts are the second most in club history. 
  • Blake set a franchise record for best save percentage in a season with 70 percent in 2017.
  • Rookie Jack Elliott appeared in 30 matches for Philadelphia in his rookie year. Elliott recorded the most minutes played by a rookie in MLS during the 2017 campaign with 2,621 minutes played. 
  • John McCarthy set a career high in saves with 49 and goals-against average (1.63) in 2017. 
  • Ray Gaddis enters 2018 third all-time in Union history with 144 appearances.
  • Derrick Jones became the first player in Philadelphia Union club history to go through the ranks of Union Academy to Bethlehem Steel FC and then start for the First Team in 2017.

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